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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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Imagine a tango: a man and a woman dancing, their eyes locked upon one another, then take your first taste of Olde Bluechair, Big Sky Brewing Company’s Barley Wine. A taste of apricots, honey flavors, a sliver of vanilla, and a hint of caramel, round out the Barley Wine. Like so many things in life, Olde Bluehair just gets better with age.
Aged for a minimum of 3 months in American Oak Bourbon Barrels.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Slightly hazy amber with a thin white cap. Playful candy ish nose of ginger and toffee and raisin and cherry and sweet figs and brown sugar. Pleasant flavor of boozy toffee, raisins, a bit of biscuity cocoa, light figs, a bit of Belgian candi sugar (only a bit), with a sweet nutty malty tone. Very swell.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8780) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2014
2012 Bottle from a generous trader awhile back. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, sherry oxidation, bourbon and oak. Full bodied. Well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianBeerGal (3231) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Traded 2010 bottle #2111/3000. Nice amber and bronze color with a medium brown head. Big aroma that reminds me off a big fruity, boozy, quad with hints of vanilla and wood. Nice caramel flavor that gives way to sugar and a little booze. It’s big but tasty.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (5085) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2014
750ml bottle pours a hazy brown with some frothy, white head. Nose has a lot of wet cork, some butyric acid, caramel, vanilla, vegetal. Flavor is boozy, sweet, lightly tart, more butyric acid, cardboard. Way gone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2649) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours murky caramel with a tan head. Aroma and flavor bring sweet malts and honey, not overbearing at all. Alcohol is so tame for the high ABV, so smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (6322) - lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, 2012 bottle #2316. On the bottle says 12%. Dark reddish brown pour with foamy but lasting off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, honey, hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, slight honey in there, touch of more dark fruit with caramelized raisin in there. Taste is a mix of apricot, peach, candied raisin, some candied white fruit into caramel, toffee, oak, some vanilla and honey come through, hints of bourbon, caramel, toffee, come through in the end, finishing bitter, slightly sweet. Very nicely done, and very unique.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2530) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Shared 750 ml. bottle poured to snifters displaying a dark but murky, brownish color, with a modest layer of quickly diminishing, off white/light tan head foam, and light lacing. The nose was more of a coconut scent than vanilla, with a hint of lemon zest perkiness, caramelly sweetness, and some alcohol at the ready. The taste was sweet, pit fruit esters, warming, bourbony alcohol, and that persistent "coconut" note. A subtle creaminess was a welcoming part of the mouthfeel. A hefty, sipable brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown pour, light beige head. Aroma of some sweet malt, oak, yeast. Flavor is more of the same, candied dates, figs.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpongeRuiner (773) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
A lot of caramel flavors. Nice alcohol feel. Not too much. A good one in cold weather.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2201) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2014 Bottle: 2010, 3-years old. Thanks, Ryan. Caramel colored, opaque body with a lazy, dark beige head that quickly solidifies as nothing more than a big-bubbled collar. Aroma is pretty standard barley wine, with notes of caramel, toffee, light boozy oak, some dense dark fruits, & a little bit of honey sweetness. Taste is a pretty hefty mix of sticky caramel & tangy grapes & prunes. Quite heavy on the dark fruit; sweet & even with a spike of mild tartness in there. Some cocoa powder, oak, & whiskey in the finish. Sticky, sweet, & lightly boozy, this is a pretty easy drinking barley wine. Not the best or most complex, but still pretty nice.


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